Tuesday, June 18, 2019

{My Parties} Girls' Garden Graduation

This year's graduation was so busy! This particular party was early in the season, and it was for three cute girls who sing together in their school's voice performance group. They were very clear that they wanted something unlike the other grad parties that they attended, so we came up with this romantic Garden theme with a palette of soft grey, coral, mint, and a touch of pink. I love a unique theme. 

The party was held at a cute little barn venue where a family rents their space to small events. It's called Clark Barn and it's adorable. They guests were welcomed to the party with fun custom cornhole boards. I ordered these as raw wood and spray painted them to match the theme of the party. Each girl had her own set to take with her to college for tailgating. I love the idea of these feminine corn hole boards in mint, pink, and rose gold. 

It turned out to be a rainy Sunday, so we had to scrap some of the decor we had planned outside, but I did get to hang these fun mylar script letters that I painted coral to match the theme. 

Inside, I knew I wanted to utilize the high ceilings and beams, so I created these hanging hula hoops that I spray painted with rose gold paint and added flowers to. The front ones were simple and the back ones had photos of the girls' friendship over the years.
These are an easy DIY. All it takes is some spray paint, hot glue, flowers, and ribbon and they make a big impact at your party!

I love the softness of these mint green tablecloths. It's a little hard to tell the color from these phone photos, because my real camera ran out of battery that day!

The guest tables had two different centerpieces. The first was a loose grouping of flowers in mason jars and small bud vases. You can do this yourself with grocery store flowers! I used hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, Dusty Miller, and pink roses. 

The second centerpiece was created to echo the design of the hula hoop hangings. I bought large embroidery hoops and glued wood blocks to the bottom for stability. Then, added florals. And the girls all took one home. 

For the main dessert table, the girls definitely wanted a donut wall. So, to make it garden themed, I attached these silk flowers to the side, to make it look like the entire thing was blooming. 
Then, using my Cricut, I added the girls' names in rose gold vinyl. And, based upon their inspiration photos and Pinterest board, I added dream catchers to give it a slightly boho vibe. 

The girls wanted a popcorn bar, so I displayed three different flavors for the guests to snack on along with their cookies and macarons.  Popcorn bars have been very popular this spring with my grad parties. 

I love these gorgeous cookies that Sugaroo Sweets designed for me. I can't get over the level of detail! Too pretty to eat!  Each girl had her initial and then we did some Class of 2019 ones too. 

Each side of the dessert table also had a 36" balloon, trailing ivy instead of ribbon, to five it that garden feel. These were supposed to be outside, but since it rained, they made perfect book ends for the dessert table. 

Beth Kruse Custom Creations designed us the most beautiful invitations and banners for the girls. How dreamy are these?

Each girl had her own gift and memory table, and I put one of Beth's banners on each table to signify each girl's area. 

In the archway to the kitchen, I hung a Class of 2019 banner as well. 

Congratulations Mady, Lexy, and Sarah!

Printables and Invitations: Beth Kruse Custom Creations
Donuts: Gibson's Donuts
Unpainted Cornhole Boards: All American Tailgate
Cookies: Sugaroo Sweets

Monday, June 3, 2019

{My Parties} Cupcake Wars Party

You all know that I love a unique theme. And I love getting to do themes that I have not previously done. And I really love when my honoree wants to do purple!

This cute little sleepover has such a fun theme!
Purple, turquoise, black, and CUPCAKE WARS!
Miss Sara told me very bluntly that she was not into pink (my kinda girl), so I went with a scheme that highlighted HER favorites. 

I set up the main party table so that the girls would see it as soon as they entered the house. That would get them excited about their activities for the night.
My backdrop is a sequin curtain stand from Shindigz. I hung balloon letters from the backdrop, spelling out Cupcake Wars. And since they don't come in colors, I just spray painted them!
The oversized cardboard cupcake was just the perfect addition to the table. 

In order to bring some texture, I also incorporated stripes and polka dots in the designs. Each girl got a cupcake box from Michaels to take home their creations and they had cute polka dot designs. I personalized stickers at Shindigz to add to the top of the boxes. 

For the cake, we went with a fun purple ombre design from Smallcakes Collierville and I created a custom cupcake topper using my Cricut. And striped candles of course!

Our cookies were designed and created by Sugaroo Sweets. I LOVE how modern and fun they are!

Since the girls were going to likely get messy, I created them their very own personalized aprons. I used heat pressed vinyl to add to aprons that I got at Hobby Lobby. Such an easy, but memorable party favor!

When the party got started, we had two 6 feet long tables which we pushed together for the girls to be able to decorate the cupcakes. And most importantly, we I used plastic tablecloths so that we could just roll up everything and toss it in the garbage after! 

Each girl had their own plastic tray to decorate on and Smallcakes made me several pre-filled piping bags with colors for them to be able pipe the icing with less mess!

  We had 4 different cupcake flavors for the girls to choose from; strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and Oreo. All the icings were vanilla, but just colored. 

I also picked up a bunch of fun toppers and sugar art from a local cake supply store, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. We had three rounds; Freestyle, Holiday, and Most Creative. 

The judges were parents, grandparents, and brothers. They were given scorecards on which to rate the cupcakes in 4 categories; taste, texture, presentation, and creativity. 
If you want a copy of my scorecard, just email me! brittany@greygreydesigns.com

Happy 10th Birthday Sara!!

Party Supplies: Shindigz
Cookies: Sugaroo Sweets
Cake and Cupcake Preparations: Smallcakes Collierville

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